The Biggest Threat to Gabon’s President Won’t Come From the Opposition

Gabon's president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, ahead of his country's opening match at the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, Libreville, Gabon, Jan. 13, 2017 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
Gabon's president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, ahead of his country's opening match at the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, Libreville, Gabon, Jan. 13, 2017 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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When he was sworn in for a second seven-year term last September, Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, renewed a call for all political actors “to sit together and find solutions” after an election season marred by protests, violence and mass arrests. Six months later, the oil-producing Central African nation is still waiting for that dialogue to happen, and there has been little sign of progress. Earlier this month, Bongo proposed a round of talks that would begin March 28. Almost immediately, Jean Ping, the president’s main rival in last year’s vote, said he would not participate, dismissing the idea as […]

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